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technology require a new level in the u.s.- israel cooperation. the rockets with better guidance system and greater range are spreading across the region. hamas has a substantial number of rockets in gaza. they all pose a serious danger. these and other threats to israel's civilian population are real and growing. they must be addressed. we are standing shoulder to shoulder with our israeli partners to do so. coming into my current job after eight years with senator clinton, i can attest to hurt deep sense of pride in being a strong voice for israel. i travel to israel with senator clinton in 2005. i join her on her first visit to israel as secretary of state in march of 2009. when it comes to the u.s.-israel relationship, the policy guidance secretary clinton has given me is no different from the guidance she gave me when i worked for her in the senate. in a recent speech, she asked me, coming from this experience of working with her, to make the management of our security relationship with israel preserving israel's military edge among my top priorities. the unique relationship betwee
will be gone. what is your big regret? >> upon myself to the u.s. senate. -- a point myself to the u.s. senatoe. [laughter] [applause] >> the most concise answer of the day. come on. somebody follow that. come on. you are not shy. >> i think -- i wish i would have found asking for funding higher education -- a dedicated program for funding higher education. in deep recessions, it is a very vulnerable area. it is not caseload driven. we spend 97% of our budget on five areas. the two areas that are not totally case-load driven are more vulnerable. they take such a hit. it is very counterproductive to economic development in the long run. a short-term recession has turned into something longer than what people thought it would be. we need some systematic in our state to make sure that we adequately fund higher education. >> governor beebe? go now. >> i did not want to follow patterson -- paterson. the one thing i regret -- hopefully we will finish this, given the opportunity. we did not completely remove the sales tax -- we were one of this -- the states that tax boost to the highest percentage. t
of the united states from afghanistan. >> >> and general mcchrystal, mrs. mcchrystal, members of the u.s. armed forces, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for allowing me to be part of this memorable ceremony. i am honored to be here to congratulate general mcchrystal for his immense accomplishments wearing the uniform of the united states armed forces to combat terrorism, preserve security here in the united states and fight for peace in my country, afghanistan. it is my pleasure to deliver the highest state mental awarded to him -- state medal awarded to him by our minister of national defence. general mcchrystal, the men and women of my country value your leadership. we deeply appreciate your commitment. we will never forget the sacrifices you and those under your command have made to make afghanistan, the united states and the world a safer place for children. you have made a profound impact on our struggle. it from ordinary villager to teachers, army generals, women activists, government officials, numerous afghans are proudly calling you a trusted and reliable friend. the minister is one of
to be making people feel comfortable, and people are invested in the u.s. for all kinds of reasons about our security and economic and political system, so why do we think we will get that kind of balance and the long run simply because we have a plan? >> that is a very good question, and we discussed that at our meeting a few weeks ago. a number of analysts think the austerity plan greece has agreed to will not work. for many analysts, it is not credible, and that seems to be wired it is not coming fears about three debt -- seems to be why it is not calming fears about greek debt. another issue of our advisers thought was important was the underlying economic nature of the country involve greater -- country involved. our treasury debt is viewed as an asset. when there are problems in the rest of the world, money tends to come here. our treasury rates are already pretty low, and that brings us to something we could easily model. in the discussion i had earlier, i tried to be vaguer, and she talked about the importance of a greater clarity. a very important aspect of recession in early recove
promes appropriations and confirmation hearings to get them to enforce u.s. code. >> next question directed toward john mccain. allen greenspan said there is reason not to extend the bush tax cut, but favor them, even as we face the growing seff sit. >> i respect allen greenspan but he was in charge when this meltdown occurred and obviously has great responsibility for it. we can't raise taxes at this time. tax increases will hurt our economy even more. whether i voted against the bush tax cuts in 2001 because i predicted that spending had to be brought under control, and it was not. we worked from tax cuts and benefits. i voted for tax cuts, but i didn't want to go from spluss to deficit. with you -- but we are in tage. but we are in danger. we are in danger of, at best, a very slow recovery. people are hurting. we need to have our taxes kept low. we need to cut corporate taxes, and we need to give social security tax and other payroll taxes -- taxes need to be held off until we can get the e-mail businesses back in business -- get the small business yes -- businesses back in busi
that a good 75% of productivity change in the u.s. economy, which is a source of increase of real wages and income, is due to the education and training of our workforce. we also have to have real and lasting limits on what we can spend. that means we are going to have to have some changes in how we provide and pay for higher education. this is difficult, because everybody has become comfortable in what we have been doing for far too long. higher education is one of the areas where states have a lot of responsibility and work governors must play a leadership role. when i thought about my initiative, i thought about as a governor, what and how we have the most input in education? primary and secondary education as a lot of parks constituents believe we have total control. we have a very little control. in higher education, we do have. we a. most of our governing boards. we have a tremendous impact on the funding that goes into our colleges. so i felt that was an area where we as governors could play our role. this is why my initiative is called "complete to compete." it will focus on imp
. so the pietrangelo brief is a brief and, again, i'm counsel of record on that brief in which the u.s. government vigorously defended the don't ask, don't tell policy and statute, more importantly, and told the court not to take a case which challenged a decision to uphold that statute. now, as to the second matter, the witt matter, as you said, the witt matter is interlocutory in nature. and what that means for people who aren't familiar with these legal terms, is that it means that the case is in the middle and that the government can, after remand, at a later stage, continue to defend the don't ask, don't tell statute in this very case. now, we engaged in very serious discussions with the department of defense about the appropriate approach here in order to defend the don't ask, don't tell statute, because i agree with you, senator sessions, that the ninth circuit decision undercuts that statute. it makes it harder for the government to carry out its policies under that statute. and the question that we had to decide was whether to challenge that ninth circuit decision, which i thi
congress on wednesday that the u.s. economic outlook is quote, unusually uncertain unquote. he also said he expects unemployment levels to remain high at least through 2012. chairman bernanke delivered his report to the senate banking committee. this is just over two and a half hours. >> the committee will come to order. we are here today to hear from the chairman of the federal reserve on the semiannual policy report to the congress. we welcome you to our committee. once again we thank you for your service to our country and let me thank you and congratulate you for the tremendous work you have been doing. and we are very fortunate to have you. i want to make some brief opening comments and i'll turn to senator shelby for any comments he may have. and i'll leave it up to the members theses. if there are several who would like to be heard briefly before we turn to you for your thoughts and the questions we'll have for you this afternoon. let me express my gratitude to the committee. normally we would have this this the morning and because of the bill-signing ceremony this morning. i thank y
previously by concern that the u.s. aid and international aid not be a source of funds for corruption and afghanistan but that there be accountability, and i know the administration set up certain accountabilities on the funds being made available. i would like to add to that the information afghanistan has mineral wealth and whether we are certain that these are not just fungible dollars and therefore the international assistance and u.s. assistance could be a source to fund the corrupt regime which robs the country of good government which is absolutely essential. >> how can you assure me we are making progress on the fund is getting to the intended purpose and not being used for corruption? >> center, just one point of your previous question. i think i may have answered part of the question you asked prior to your arrival. as bennett was here from the beginning. it's been a okay. i apologize. but i want to underscore that the -- that the pace and scope of the drawdown will depend on the situation. >> i heard you say that. >> okay. on the accountability and mineral wealth problems,
to irritate hispanic voters. they're now the largest minority population in the u.s., the fast est growing, and that's there's going to be a generation of hispanic voters. i had a republican consultant say to me that if hispanic voters start voting the same ways that african american voters do in overwhelmingly favoring democratic candidates, you're not going to be talking about how win back florida when you're running for the presidency. republicans are going to be talking about how not to lose texas. these are some very read states that are going to have huge hispanic populations. and as republicans, some on the republican base begin to use ludge that makes hispanic voters very uncomfortable, ludge about deportation and -- i don't want to get into an entire immigration spiel right now. but as republicans use some of that ludge, they're turning off hispanic voters. that will have a dramatic impact for a very long time to >> since the system is broken, we need someone that can break the system. for this gathering on the oldest and largest and most revered civil rights organization. it is t
in the gulf is admiral thad allen, retired u.s. coast guard, now the national incident commander of the deep water horizon oil spill response. good morning. tell us, what is the latest on the cap that has been put on the deepwater hozon oil well? guest: yesterday we exceeded a 48-hour period where we were able to shut the well and maintain some pressure. we will go for another 24 hours and assess where we are, and that will be sometime this afternoon. there is a quandary presented by the shut-in of the well. we have established pressure -- the good news, but it did not rise as high as we thought. we were looking for somewhere between 7500 and 8000 psi, which we thought would be the difference to of the top of the well from that being pushed up from the reservoir, but we are between 6760 hundred now. the curve on the pressure is consistent with the well with the treaty, but there is a question as to why the pressure islow, and crawls around two competing theories. one is that the oil released so far released into the and from the depleted the well and drop the pressure, or that the oil is esc
going to do to create jobs. that is not my job as a u.s. senator. >> , not her job? it seems to me that the only job she wants to fight for is hers. >> i am sharing -- i in sharon angle in i approved this message. ♪ ♪ >> next, a discussion on the future vegetation in post conflict sudan, followed by a speech by spain's prime minister on the european economy. and then a look at the nevada senate race with committee chairman michael steele and republican candidate sharon angle. >> this week, on "the communicators."on-line safety and discussions with the maryland attorney general and cable your president. >> the u.s. institute of peace hosted a discussion friday in washington examining the state of education in southern sudan in africa. experts from the state department and world bank discussed, the lessons learned on developing education systems in country's devastated by war and the future of education in the region. this is 1.5 hours. >> good morning, everybody. let me thank you all for coming. i am a senior program officer here at u.s. ip. i am going to ask everyone to please
independent 234gs in those u.s. refineries and gives an annual report, which we made public as we did with the bakeer panel report. and it says what's go good and where we need to try hard e. >> is he looking into what happened at the deepwater horizon? >> his mitt is specifically the baker panel report and five u.s. refineries. so that's his scope. there isn't an investigation going on into deepwater horizon, which is quite sprat. >> are any of the recommendations from this report failed to be implemented since the report was issued? >> the report was in a sense, it wasn't about tens of city and the things we needed to do to comply. the challenge the baker panel gave us was to become an industry leader. . . which the independent expert views and our nonexecutive directors would look into. so we recognize this is a lot, this is a journey. >> would those have been recommendations that should not have happened if the baker report recommendation had been followed? >> the citations that oshea gave after the audit was a big disappointment for us because we believe we were meeting the requi
department and the military talked about how to stabilize war-torn countries like afghanistan and iraq. the u.s. institute of peace posted this event. it is one hour and 10 minutes. >> think you all for staying with us. sheldon has estimated become moderator. we have a wonderful panel group with us, many i know from the past and some of whom i have just met for the first time. all of which was very actively involved in reaching out to the english-speaking world and trying to help. trying to bring a wide spectrum of the blog post your -- blogosphere into the broader world, their identities and backgrounds can be found in the material, telling you who they are, talking about armenia, we will have speakers talking about their experiences with iranian social media. we loudspeakers on madagascar are. sheldon, in his organization of the events, said quite appropriately that we should avoid having 10 minutes or 15 minutes a presentation, but instead have it be a much more conversational. i think that is a good idea. i would like to ask each of them to speak for about five minutes each. specifically ab
assessment of the state of the u.s. municipal debt market? secondly, do you believe there's any merit to a recent characterization by warren buffett that there is potentially, quote, a terrible problem, end quote, ahead for municipal bonds? >> well, first, the -- it's certainly true that states and localities are under a lot of fiscal and financial stress. their revenues have fallen considerably and they're trying to maintain services and so on. clearly we've seen some deficits and some cuts at the state and local level. my view, though, is that first of all that the municipal debt market is functioning pretty well. that at least state and localities that -- states and localities that have good credit or seem to be sound are not having any difficulty accessing the municipal market and that yields are pretty low. which is, i think, fortunate because there are a number of states and localities that being forced to borrow in the current circumstances. certainly there may be some localities in particular that -- that will have trouble, but i would draw a distinction between, you know, say
york city, boston, across the u.s. when youook at the ambion, division, the innovation that is driving china -- the vision, the innovation that is driving china and the other emerging markets, it is breathtaking. the investments built out of the infrastructure, the modernization of society and economy, expanding like to quote grids, wireless technology, transportation and more, is attracting people. businesses and capital flows is a formal force in the world. it is no longer a low-cost manufacturing capita of the world. if you assume it is, that is a mistake. i know this is not news to you, but i would like you to ink about it from a personal stanoint. in all thoseeers nations are doing, with those leaders of the provinces, cities, states, whenever jurisdictional definition you select, what are they thinking about? this came from a conversation we had over there. what is the agenda? what choices are being made today? as i said to the mayors, what is your value proposition? why will people live in your city, invest in your city, and stay there? that is the reality. your counterparts are
. it is about listening to our government. it is about listening to our people. u.s. seen it yes or no questions. it is about listening. it is about me endangering ree re-engaging. >> a lynch mr. -- mr. lynch? >> tonight you have had a lot of talk about who can best stand up for you. if you are happy with the course the state is on in providence and you want to see more of the same, you have options to vote for other candidates. but if like me you are fed up with washington and looking for someone who will call it as it is, if you believe it is time for term limits in congress, i ask for your support and will advocate for you on a daily basis. >> thank you to the candidates. thank you for a wonderful audience. they have been waiting to applaud the candidates. here is your opportunity to applaud the four candidates. [applause] we are not done yet. we have more coming up. but before we go off the air, i want to thank the providence performing arts center for hosting our debate tonight. we have tackled a lot of questions and issues so far. we have much more coming up on our website. we will be doin
load of gold. host: we will leave it there. guest: the u.s. is a reserve currency, is that as we took over from britain. this is a blessing and a curse. people use dollars when they want to exchange. when things looked shaky, people pour money into dollars. that is what has happened. once a month in india by india -- buys oil from saudi arabia, the exchange in dollars and not in domestic currencies. the benefit of that is that we are able to borrow money cheaply. the government makes money on spending money. our borrowing rates are lit -- are lower. the downside is it pushes the value of the dollar up over what it would be otherwise which makes our exporters less competitive. us being the reserve come -- the reserve currency to to reach to these imbalances in important ways by making exporters more competitive. it seems over the last decade that the euro would arise as a competitor for the world reserve currency. that has shifted over the last year in the last few months. the future of the euro has been in doubt with greece and these other southern european nations. the euro is lookin
weight to all hearsay or should it depends on what did the statement comes from a u.s. intelligence officer as opposed to another detainee? what about the here say from the intelligence service or police department of another country? should they be treated differently? the point here is that he had met. >> in of this of critique in admissibility of hearsay comprises a constellation of factors that by its nature cannot be reduced to codification. the jurisprudence surrounding guantanamo detainees is developing, in our view, precisely as it should. the courts have carefully considered and carefully balance the government's interest in security, the country's interest in security, against the prisoners interest in liberty, all the while protecting national secrets and judicial integrity. some prisoners have one, some prisoners have lost. and a coherent jurisprudence is in fact taking shape. the problem at the brookings institution has was that there was a sense that once judge may set -- evaluate a set of facts differently than another. but the only acknowledge what is trivial, the br
more jobs by doubling u.s. exports in five years. it is a plan that is showing success with exports up significantly over last year. and they will build on the impact we already had since the beginning of this year. our private sector has actually created 100 -- 136,000 new manufacturing jobs. i hope the republicans as i said, will join us in working toward strengthening and expanding and growing our manufacturing sector. i'm glad that many of them supported the manufacturing enhancement act. the sector's act in the house. there seem to be reluctance but ultimately they reconsider those no votes and turned a yes. i am glad that we're seeing some bipartisanship in this make it america agenda. the republicans have an 18-month pattern of standing with near u nan mussness. these are waiting to be enacted. theyifies partisan problems. and one has won bipartisan support in the past. for instance we help business develop new technologies. we would further invest in science and technology and engineering and math education. we would encourage entrepreneurship and investment by letting business
in a crisis, like what we're seeing increased today. bill i wonder if you think the u.s. is so big that kind of crisis cannot happen. we could just keep going with the huge decades -- deficits for decades before capital markets punish us. do you think a crisis could occur? norm, i wonder if we might think of the commission as the preparation for the, they tell us what to do we finally have the gumption to do it. >> i am not of the belief that [unintelligible] the crisis has been triggered by fiscal policy in the u.s. let me take a step back. there is a line in the ernest hemingway novel opens with the sun also rises" were one character asks the other how he lost his wealth. the man says two boys, gradually and suddenly. i think we should be much more worried about the gradual scenario than the seventh scenario. the gradual scenario is that we have these deficits. they eat away at our available savings. the reduced amount of capital stock. they increase our indebtedness to other countries. you are creating this huge mortgage on our future that takes the form of increased payments that we owe
in the corridor of science and technological innovation, the likes of which is unrivaled. and u.s. chamber of commerce says we have one of the top most entrepreneurial and state economies. so the most important thing we've done is the investments of the education of our people and making college more affordable and connecting that innovation to the entrepreneurs that are creating the new opportunities and new jobs that allow us to have a rate of job growth twice what the nation has been for the last three months. >> governor, one thing. >> one thing that happened in new york that may be a little different is that obviously legislatures are very queasy particularly in election years about making some of the tough decisions and creating these cuts. and in new york, apparently we didn't have to wait for a session to have that problem because the budgets were late, 25 out of the last 30 years. and in that period of time, what the state had done for a while would just borrow from its own general fund to keep the state functioning until a budget was passed. then we pass add law that would have a
recruiters and the department of defense. did you ever barre kreuters from the u.s. military from access of harvard law school when you were dean. >> senator leahy, military recruiters had access to harvard students every single day i was dean. >> let me ask you this, did the -- did the -- while you were there, did -- did the number of students recruited go down? at all? while you were -- while you were dean? >> i don't believe it did, senator leahy. so i'm confident that the military had access to our students and our students had access to the military throughout my entire deanship. and that's incredibly important because the military should have the best and brightest people it can possibly have in its forces. and i think -- i said on many, many occasions that this was a great thing for our students to think about doing in their lives, that this is the most important and honorable way any person can serve his or her country. >> i -- always been my experience also that if someone wants to join the military, they're pretty motivated to join the military. my youngest son joined the marin
entering the united states and becoming the 34th state in the union. kansas will also be getting a new u.s. senator with incumbent sam brownback running for governor. two canada's hope to get your vote on august 3. congressman jerry moran has represented western kansas since 1990 sex. before that, he was a member of the kansas state senate from 1988 until 1996. congressman todd tiahrt has represented southeastern kansas since 1995. before that, he was a member of the kansas state senate from 1992 until 1994. both candidates have been reelected time and again from their own congressional districts, but now each wants to move to the u.s. senate and represent the entire state. both candidates have been running hard for the august 3 vote and now it is time for their first televised debate. 27 ksnt, kshb kansas city, the topeka capital journal and the macpherson sentinel present this debate between congressman jerry moran and congressman todd tiahrt. >> good evening, kelli stegeman. >> i am dr. bob beattie. thank you for joining us on this special night. >> we would like to welcome you to the f
in 2008, he founded citizens for affordable energy, a public policy education firm that promoments sound u.s. energy solutions for the nation. this speaker just doesn't talk the talk, he walks the walk. perhaps the biggest corporate sponsor of save the foundation, please welcome a great friend of louisiana mr. john hautsdz myselfer. [cheers and applause] >> mr. president, i listened to you, i believed your message, i worked for you, i voted for you, i didn't expect -- boos. ] i didn't expect i didn't expect the boot of your secretary on my neck and the industry that i love when i did that. [cheers and applause] and even more, mr. president, i did not expect your boot on the neck of louisianaance. you are making the mistake of the seven predecessors that you have followed, mr. president. you are doing exactly what they did which is leading this country toward an energy abyss. you are turning energy into politics. [cheers and applause] we cannot have a nation, we cannot have the world's largest economy and turn energy into simpleday today flare of the day politics, mr. president. cause chaws [
, director bromwich served as inspector of justice and assistant u.s. attorney in the southern district of new york most recently, a partner at the law firm, freed and frank where he specialized in conducting internal investigations. we welcome both of you. at this time, i ask that each witness deliver their testimony within a five minutes, which will allow the committee ample time to raise questions, and also considering your time constraints, secretary. of course you know the rules. that the start out the lights on green, and then of course you know because you know all about these lights, and then all of a sudden -- that's another issue. but all of a sudden at the end it becomes red. so mr. secretary you may begin. >> thank you very much, chairman towns and thank you congressman icea and all the members, distinguished members of the committee who are here and at the outset let me just say thank you to the committee for the work that it has done in the prior years relative to putting into the spotlight some of the necessary reform efforts that are required of the minerals management s
use the stimulus funds which actually are available to u.s. and could be spent on this initiative and would be an honest and fair offset. and i will make a proposal at the appropriate time, mr. chairman. senator reid. >> just quickly, i notice some disquiet by my colleague. i think it's because this bill represents one of the first major initiatives that we have taken in the area of financial regulation that is actually paid for. over the course of the last several years, particularly in 2000, many initiatives were not paid for, tax cuts, part d medicare, two wars -- so paying for something comes as something of a shock to the people here. if i understand the previous position that we're now positioning, it calls for tax and financial institutions that ultimately would go door to -- cote toward deficit reduction, but -- but that is being rejected because colleagues consider that to be an inappropriate balanced budget. the tax proposed initially represents a fraction of the bonuses that are handed out by financial firms. and the rationale that by taxing these firms will deprive the
bromwich. they are from the u.s. department of interior. mr. secretary, we welcome you once again to the committee and as i have done many times publicly, i commend you aad your department for the tremendous manner in which you have responded to this disaster. you have put all your resources available and i commend you for that response you may proceed as you desire. >> thank you very much. -- the key very much. we continue our efforts on this day with what has been a tremendous effort to solve this problem in the gulf. we are not resting and we will continue to move forward until we have the solutions with respect to relief efforts. i thought i would do a couple of things at the outset. first, i would bring the committee up-to-date on what is happening with respect to the leak containment and the efforts to kill well. on the containment measures, about 25,000 barrels of oil were collected and contained and have been captured, notwithstanding some high seas that have been as high as 7 feet. over the next few days, the containment capacity will be built out and it will reach a capa
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